Ford Reacts after Tesla Cybertruck pulls F-150 in a tug-of-war
If Tesla needs a challenge, Ford needs it done right.
Children and their toys. They do the darndest things. Oh, actually, in this case, I am not talking about kids. But one heritage automaker and a Silicon Valley startup engaging in a not-so-subtle rivalry.
If you missed it, the Tesla Cybertruck is something as of last week and CEO Elon Musk specifically known as the Ford F-150, the bestselling truck in the USA. Days after showing the electrical Cybertruck and especially calling it a”better truck than the F-150,” Musk tweeted a movie clip showing a Cybertruck which seems to consume an F-150’s lunch at a tug-of-war battle.
These matches hardly prove anything, for what it is worth, but like revving engines in a stoplight, they get focus.
After this viral clip, Vice President of Ford X Sundeep Madra formally extended a reasonable challenge. Ford X is the offshoot that manages new businesses. Madra tweeted and said to send the automaker a Cybertruck to get a suitable”apples to apples” test. Especially, Madra is referencing what numerous internet commenters have pointed out: It seems this F-150 is simply rear-wheel drive, while the Cybertruck is all-wheel drive.
That little factoid could make a significant difference if an F-150 4×4 strapped up with the Cybertruck. There is also the question of what sort of tires were used, and even comparable powertrains.
Ford told Roadshow in reaction to the viral movie that it remains the”undisputed truck leader” in the USA and”we look forward to the debut of our all-new F-150 hybrid coming next year and all-electric F-150 in a couple of decades.” Notice that the automaker didn’t formally request a rematch, for what that is worth.
We’ll most likely have to wait for every time a manufacturing Cybertruck is ready for a suitable matchup with all factors accounted for. Meanwhile, Ford will operate to have a bite of Tesla’s EV market share as it prepares to start the Mustang Mach-E electrical SUV next year.